An American will play a big role in the United Kingdom's biggest wedding of the year! Kensington Palace has announced The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will give the address at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19.
Curry — who's also the Episcopal Church's first African-American presiding bishop — will join Right Reverend David Conner, Dean of Windsor, and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Windsor Castle ceremony. "The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness," Curry said in a statement.
Welby, meanwhile, tweeted to say he was "thrilled" the 65-year-old was selected to deliver the sermon. "@PB_Curry is a brilliant pastor, stunning preacher, and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ," he added.
The royal couple hasn't yet met Curry, but he was born in Chicago, close to Meghan's alma mater of Northwestern University. He himself graduated from Yale Divinity School, after which he served as a deacon-in-charge in North Carolina and a rector in Ohio and Maryland. He was elected as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 2000 and then as the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in 2015.
He's known as an outspoken advocate of inclusivity, once saying that the mission of the church "is to help the human family, with all its variety and all its diversity and all its differences, to find a way to become not simply a disparate community but a human family of God."
As for Curry's personal life, he and wife Sharon have two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Rachel. Also, in his 2015 autobiography, Songs My Grandma Sang, Curry revealed his family is descended from slaves and sharecroppers in North Carolina and Alabama. Incidentally, Harry and Meghan's wedding won't be Curry's first encounter with the British royal family — in 2015, Queen Elizabeth appointed him as a serving brother of the Order of Saint John. Now he's serving in a different way!
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